Mission Statement by Levone


									International and Off-Campus Study Center

International Students at International Center (2002)

Mission Statement
To facilitate, support, and encourage the globalization of the DePauw community. The International and Off-Campus Study Center commits itself to serving the academic, personal and immigration needs of our international students by providing friendly, efficient and personal service with cultural sensitivity and by encouraging cultural diversity on campus.

Greetings and welcome to DePauw University! We in the International and Off-Campus Study Center join the faculty, staff and students of the university in welcoming you to DePauw. The International and Off-Campus Study Center helps international students by providing a variety of services such as:  Orientation program for new international students  Personal and academic counseling  Advising on immigration regulations and employment  Host family program “You’ve Got a Friend in Greencastle”  Student “Link” program: matches foreign students with an American student “link”  Assistance with health and insurance issues  Campus and community programs designed to help students adjust to and learn about American life You will always be able to find someone at DePauw who is happy to help you with a problem or answer your questions. DePauw is a small university in a small town. As such, your presence will not go unnoticed. We believe DePauw is an ideal place for an international student to make those important first steps toward an academic career in the United States. We sincerely hope that you find your studies at DePauw enjoyable and rewarding!


As you will see below, immigration regulations can be very confusing and difficult to understand, even for the professionals who work with these regulations all the time. One very important responsibility of the International and Off-Campus Study Center is to advise you about immigration regulations. If you have any questions or doubts about what you can or cannot do according to immigration regulations, bring your questions to the International Center. As a non-immigrant student planning to study in the United States, it is necessary for you to obtain a passport from your government and a visa from an American Consulate in your country. Passport You are required to have a valid passport issued by your government before applying for a visa. United States immigration law requires that your passport be valid for at least SIX months at all times while you are here. You may renew your passport in the United States by sending it to your country's embassy or consulate here. Visa You may apply for a visa at the nearest American Consulate. Before visiting the consulate, read carefully the immigration form I-20 that you received from DePauw. When applying for the visa, take with you the form I-20, your passport, documents certifying the amounts and sources of your financial support, as well as your letters from DePauw and your exchange program (if you are an exchange student). Upon arrival in the US, you must apply to enter with the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). The visa contains the following important information:  Visa number  Consular post where the visa was issued  Type of visa (F-1)  Issue date of visa  Expiration date of visa  Number of entries permitted during the validity period F-1 Visa Most foreign students attending DePauw are issued an F-1 visa. This visa is stamped into your passport at the American Consulate. The visa does not indicate how long you are allowed to stay in the U.S. after entering the country. The length of your stay in the U.S. is determined at the place where you enter the United States. An immigration officer (INS) at your port of entry will complete the I-94 Form that will indicate how long you may stay in the country. In most cases, the length of time will be written “D/S”, duration of status, which means you may stay as long as you are a valid student. That date will also be written on your I-20 form. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) The INS is the government agency in charge of all immigration matters. Probably the only contact you will have with an employee of the INS will be when you enter and leave the United States. Status and Duration of Status (D/S) You are considered “in status” for the time it takes to pursue a full course of study or engage in authorized practical training after completion of studies, plus 60 days to prepare for departure from the United States. You will find the expected date of completion on your I-20. Your I-94 is stamped “D/S”. “D/S” means that as long as you follow INS regulations you are in status until the completion date (plus 60 extra days).

Every foreign student is required to make a photocopy of the following documents and leave them in a safe at the International Center. You are also advised to make photocopies for yourself and kept them in a place separate from the original documents.  I-94  Identification page of the passport  Visa  I-20, front and back pages Below is a description of some important immigration documents: I-94 When you arrive in the US, an INS official issues you a Form I-94 (small, white card containing the arrival/departure record). This is an important document that you should protect as much as your passport. The I-94 is usually stapled to the passport on the same page as the visa. Do not lose it because you must surrender it when you leave the country. It contains the following information:  Name, citizenship, date of birth  Admission/departure number  Port and date of entry to the US  Type of visa (F-1)  Expiration date of authorized stay in the US, usually D/S I-20 This is the Certificate of Eligibility issued by a U.S. school to an alien. The I-20 shows that the foreign student is eligible to study at the school that issued the I-20. A student is admitted to the United States for the time shown on the I-20. Generally this is the time it takes to pursue full time study in one degree program plus 60 days following completion of the program. An international student’s status is conditional upon the student’s keeping his passport valid for six (6) months into the future. The I-20 is an extremely important document. Keep it with your passport, visa, and I-94. Never let your I-20 expire. You need your I-20 with either Lesley Davis or Ann Rambo’s signature on it to reenter the U.S. after temporary absence for vacations, travel, going home, etc. It is the only document you need to show within the country if you are ever asked about your authorization to be here. Recorded on it are transfers from one program to another, transfers from one school to another, approved employment, and extension or change of status. DSO Ann Rambo and Lesley Davis are the Designated Student Officials for student in F-1 status. That means they will sign your I-20 when necessary and help you with immigration issues. Please note: A visa and an I-20 form are different. The Form I-20 says that you have permission to stay in the U.S. for the duration of your status as a student or, in other words, for the time it takes you to complete your current educational program. This is different from the visa. A visa shows that you have permission to apply to enter the United States. If you do not plan to leave the U.S. for a temporary absence, it does not matter if your visa expires; the Form I-94 and the 1-20 are more important documents while a student is in the U.S. However, see the paragraph below about travel outside the United States.

Travel outside the United States To travel outside the United States and return, a student needs a:  Valid passport  Valid visa  Properly endorsed page 4 of a properly issued Form I-20. This means that either Ann Rambo or Lesley Davis needs to sign your I-20 before you travel outside the U.S. If your I-20 is lost, stolen, or damaged, you will need to get a new one. Please come to the International Center if your I-20 needs to be replaced. Always keep all copies of your I-20 forms. Do not throw even the old ones away. If an international student wishes to leave the United States temporarily and then return to continue his or

her studies, it is important to find out whether the visa will be valid for reentry into the United States. If the visa is not valid for more than the original entry, or if its period of validity has expired or will expire before the student returns, he or she will need to secure a new visa from the American consul abroad. Students from certain countries are required to obtain a new visa only from the American consul in their own country. To visit Canada or Mexico and some contiguous islands: Many international students at DePauw University want to visit Canada or Mexico while they are here. To do so, you will need a valid passport, a visa and the endorsed Form I-20. In addition, students from certain countries may need a Canadian visa. Visit the International Center for the latest information on which countries require that you to have a visa to visit Canada. Important Reminder: Before you travel outside the United Sates, bring your I-20 to the International Center for us to sign. Do not go to Canada even for a short stay without a signed I-20, your passport, I-94 and visa. Maintaining Status To maintain your immigration status (F-1), you must carry a full course of study (minimum of three DePauw credits) in both semesters of the academic year. You do not need to enroll in summer school. If you fall below the minimum number of credits, you will be considered “out of status” by Immigration (INS). You must apply to INS to be reinstated to status. Come to the International Center for help in this matter. Some students nearing the end of their authorized stay in the U.S. find that they need extra time to complete a degree program. In this case, a student will need to extend his stay or fall “out of status”. Again, come to the International Center to do this. When a student has violated his status to such a degree that the Immigration and Naturalization Service must take action, the student may be subject to deportation or “removal”. Or, the student may be given the privilege to “voluntary departure” within a certain stated time, usually thirty days. In this case, the INS will stamp the I-20 ID “under docket control”. The student then has thirty days in which to leave the country. Note: Do not lose your passport or I-94 form. If you lose them or if they are stolen, come to the International Center immediately. Make copies of these documents for your own protection! Social Security There is an increasing tendency in America to require everyone to have a social security number and card, even if it is not used for actual social security (retirement) benefits. In the case of foreign students, the number becomes a sort of identification, especially for banking and tax purposes. You are not subject to social security taxes, but you are subject to federal and local income taxes that are usually withheld from any earnings you receive in the US. International students must appear in person and present their passport, I-94 and I-20 to an examining officer in order to receive a card and number. A Social Security Officer will come to DePauw soon after your arrival to process your applications. The International Center at DePauw will tell you when the Social Security Officer is on campus. Do not miss that appointment! There is no local Social Security office and it is difficult to get a social security card after the date of the appointment. Details will be given to you after your arrival. On-campus Employment Foreign students in F-1 status are allowed to work part time on campus during the academic year and full time during vacation periods. Immigration regulations say that F-1 students may work no more than twenty hours per week when classes are in session. Students usually work between eight and twelve hours per week. Jobs on campus generally pay minimum wage. Taxes All international students who have worked in the United States must fill out Federal Income Tax Returns. You will send these forms with any money you owe to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by April 15 of each year. If you are working on campus, you will receive a record of your earnings, called a W2 Form, in January. The International Center will have the necessary forms and instruction booklets early in the second semester and we will all gather on a specified date in the spring, before April 15, to do our taxes

together. Keep in mind that any financial aid you receive above tuition and fees is also considered “income” and is taxable at 14%.

Four-Year Degree Students: If you are planning to get a degree from DePauw, you should bring with you any syllabi, course descriptions, catalogues or other relevant materials related to any previous university education. Of course, these should be originals or certified copies and be officially translated as well. The evaluation of these materials is necessary if you hope to obtain university level credit for studies in your country. Exchange Students: If you are a university student at home, participating in an official exchange program between your school and DePauw, you must go to the Office of the Registrar in the spring, before finishing your studies at DePauw, and request that a transcript of your course work for the year be sent home to your own university or school. The Registrar has a form that you must sign in order to release your transcript to anyone but yourself. This is to protect you and your privacy. Audit Students: If you are an audit student, you do not receive usable credit, but you can obtain an official transcript bearing an "X" instead of a grade by the name of each course you audited. You can personally request evaluations from the individual professors on forms the International Student Advisor will provide.

DePauw operates a University Health Service Center which provides routine health care and health information to students who have paid the student health fee. The treatment available at the Health Service is limited and the cost of treatment for any major injury or illness must be paid by the student; therefore medical insurance is essential. Medical costs in America are high and continuing to rise. DePauw offers full and good medical insurance to international students at a cost of $696 a year, protecting you over vacations as well. It also provides medical evacuation and repatriation. This insurance will be automatically charged to your account at the beginning of each semester. Students on exchange programs are usually covered by family insurance at home or by insurance gotten through their home school or program sponsor. Please check to see if you can be covered in some way by your own family health insurance.  When you are ill first go to the campus Health Service Center if possible. Service from the DePauw Health Service Center is free with very few exceptions  If you cannot go to the Health Service Center, please call Ann Rambo Any loss of personal items must be covered by your own insurance at home unless it is loss due to fire, storm or water in a university building.

Academic Issues

You may find that American teaching methods differ from those used in your own country. Here are some characteristics of academic life on an American campus:  Regular class attendance, daily lesson preparation, participation in class discussions, and frequent exams during the semester are normal. Therefore, the basic formula for success is: -Go to all of your classes

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-Take good notes -Participate in class discussions -Do your assignments thoroughly and on time Pay special attention at the beginning of the course when the professor gives instructions about how he or she will conduct the class and determine grades For each class, expect to receive a syllabus. The syllabus often contains all the important information about the course, including the objectives for the course, dates for examinations, due dates for assignments, and texts to buy or obtain from the library Your teacher will specify due dates for various assignments. These dates are firm and you must hand in your work by that date to receive full credit. If you know you cannot meet a deadline for an important reason, discuss this with your teacher ahead of time It is important to come to class on time and let the professor know in advance if you will be absent Student/faculty relationships are generally casual and informal. Some professors may surprise you with their informal approach to teaching. For example, some professors sit on the table in front of the class. Other professors are much more formal in the classroom, but really enjoy talking to students outside of the class time Students are very informal in the classroom. Some students eat, drink, put their feet up on the desks, or even fall asleep during class. Often the professor does not like this behavior, but will not say anything to the student during class Questions during class and class discussion are encouraged. Do not hesitate to ask a question about something you do not understand Be sure to participate in the discussions because the grade for the course may be based in part on your contributions to class discussions. However, keep in mind that it is important to disagree politely and to respect the knowledge and opinions of the professor and the other students in the class Your professors are genuinely interested in helping you. Feel free to go see them anytime during their office hours or make an appointment to see them outside of their regular office hours Text Book Costs are different for every class. Students buy their own books for each course. One book may cost between $18-$100 and some courses require that you buy more than one book. Plan to spend about $300 on books each semester. Why do books cost so much? They are usually compilations of many writers’ thoughts and ideas. They provide the foundation for the courses and will be great resources for you to own. At the end of each semester, you will have the option of selling your books back to the bookstore. If you choose this option, do not expect a full refund. In fact, the amount you receive may be only a fraction of the original price. Keep in mind that hard cover books will be more expensive than paperback books. And used books are much less expensive as well. Buy your books as soon as you can if you’d like to be able to select the least expensive materials.


You may mail items in your name prior to your arrival. (Your Name) c/o International Center DePauw University Greencastle, Indiana 46135 Be sure to mark all packages with "STUDENT, HOLD FOR ARRIVAL". Any items sent by sea or air FREIGHT (i.e., not through the postal service) must be claimed at the U.S. Customs Office in Indianapolis (40 miles from Greencastle). These items can be addressed as above, but you must go to Indianapolis to get them. Regular postal air or sea mail comes directly here.


In order to reach, or to leave, Greencastle, special transportation arrangements must be made. You should plan to arrive at the Indianapolis Airport in the state of Indiana. There is no local bus service. To come from the airport to Greencastle costs around $80 via taxi. The Indianapolis airport is an hour's drive away. When you first arrive, the International Student Advisor will arrange for you to be met. However, after that, DePauw students usually resort to other transportation plans. The Student Union Building runs a shuttle bus service to and from the Indianapolis airport at the start and end of all official University vacations only. The majority of students simply find rides with friends from their living units. Normally, after your initial arrival, you too will be expected to make your own transportation arrangements. If there is a case of extreme emergency, of course the International Student Advisor will assist you. You will find that any type of transportation planning must be done with much more advance notice than you may be used to. America, unfortunately, is a land of crowded airlines and private automobiles, and does not have much in between.


It is very important that you plan to bring sufficient funds to cover the cost of your stay in the United States. University funds are extremely limited and should not be considered in your financial planning. Part-time on-campus employment is possible but limited. No major amount can be earned this way. You are not permitted by national law to be employed off-campus during your 1st year here. When planning your total expenses in the U.S. keep in mind some often overlooked expenses:   Travel Costs: Taxi (add 15% tip to total cost), airport, bus, motel or hotel, and meals. Vacations: The university living units are closed for Thanksgiving, two weeks in December and one week in March. You are responsible for finding and paying your own room and board at these


times. Many students travel or visit friends during these holidays. If you are going to need local lodging during a vacation, the International Center staff will try to assist you. Winter Term. Students who are not degree candidates may choose to spend Winter Term (the month of January) away from DePauw traveling in the United States or abroad. Degree students participate in normal Winter Term programs.

Here is a list of estimated expenses for your first week: Books and school supplies: Room furnishings (lamp, rug, bedspread, fan) Bedding (twin size sheets, pillowcase, blankets) $350.00 $ 80.00 $ 40.00

Miscellaneous expenses $ 40.00 ___________________________________________________ Total $510.00

Cold weather clothing: Students, especially from warm climates, may need to purchase winter clothing a heavy coat, gloves, scarf and hat, and waterproof winter boots or heavy shoes. You may buy these items in Greencastle if necessary. The winters in Greencastle can get quite cold: -18°C to 5°C (0°F to 40°F) Warm weather. It will be hot and humid when you first arrive, and in September, April and May as well. You will need light clothing for this time. 20°C to 35°C (68°F to 95°F) In short, clothing for every extreme would be helpful to have. You will experience all four seasons.


GREENCASTLE, INDIANA Greencastle, Indiana, founded early in the 1800's, is an historic and active town located 40 miles west of Indianapolis in the west central part of Indiana. The average yearly rainfall is 44 inches (12 cm). Greencastle, with a population of 10,000, has four banks, one hospital, 20 local churches and a city park with a swimming pool. These facilities as well as pharmacies, a few clothing stores and restaurants are within walking or biking distance of the DePauw campus. Being a small community, Greencastle does not have local bus service. Some students purchase a bicycle to use during their stay at DePauw. The local banks recommend that you bring your funds in international cashier’s check or travelers checks. Many students also use Visa/ATM cards such as Citibank. A local or personal check can take weeks to clear the bank, leaving the student without available funds. ACADEMIC MATTERS The academic year at DePauw is divided into a fall semester, Winter Term (required for degree candidates) and a spring semester. With the help of your academic advisor, who will be assigned to you in the summer, you will select new courses each semester that satisfy your degree requirements and academic interests. As an F-1 visa holder, you are required to enroll in a minimum of 3 courses each semester. Most students take 4. Study Habits Students are generally in classes no more than 16 hours per week (e.g., 8-11 a.m. Monday through Friday), and often professors do not give daily homework assignments. However, professors expect students to study one or two hours at home for each hour spent in the classroom. Unless students get into a study routine early, much valuable time will be wasted in the first weeks that cannot be reclaimed later. A great deal of reading is required. Plan to read about 100 pages per week for a heavy reading class. Keep in mind that even sports class require reading and tests. Classes and Course Format One of the advantages of attending a small university such as DePauw is that classroom size is limited and full-time faculty members teach the courses. There are exceptions to this general rule, but DePauw's largest lecture classes of 100 students are still far smaller than the 400 or more you would find at a large state university in the U.S. Typically, a classroom never exceeds 25 students. The format is determined by the nature of the course materials, style of the professor and number of students in the class. The most common types are lectures, discussion and seminars. You can expect frequent quizzes and tests, mid-term and final examinations, and much writing. We will talk about these in greater depth during your orientation.

Knowing Your Professors The relationship between students and professors is generally informal in the U.S. You are encouraged to ask questions of professors both in and out of the classroom. You need not hesitate to ask questions about things you don't understand or comment on things with which you disagree. In many small classes the professor expects DISCUSSION and questions from everyone in the class. If you are having difficulty with a class you should meet with the professor during office hours or make an appointment to discuss the problem. The professors expect this and are in their offices at set times for this purpose. One unique feature of a small campus is that you will get to know your professors well. Do not be surprised if your entire class is invited to the home of your professor at some point during the semester. Learning Beyond the Classroom You will find that DePauw University will provide you with a variety of learning activities to participate in besides classes and studying. There are many organizations on campus in which you may wish to become involved (e.g., International Students Association, athletic teams, musical and theatrical groups, religious organizations, political organizations). These groups all offer important additions to the traditional learning experience and an excellent way to get to know Americans. You will have an opportunity to find out more about this during orientation. To spark you interest, listed below is an idea of some of the groups and organizations in which you might be interested:  Radio Show  TV Show  Campus Newspaper  Band, Orchestra, Choir, Gospel Choir, Jazz Band, private music lessons  Athletics: including tennis, bowling, golf, baseball, football, soccer, rugby, squash, basketball, etc.  International Student Association (ISA)  Acting, set building  Eye on the World - student magazine  Community Service and Volunteer Work  United DePauw: gay, lesbian, bi, trans group  Association of African-American Students (AAAS)  Cheerleading  Committee for Latino Concerns (CLC)  Coalition for Women's Concerns (CWC)  College Mentors for Kids  DePauw Christian Fellowship (DCF)  Men of Excellence in Cross Cultural Alliance (MECCA)


(North Quad Dormitories) DePauw provides several residence halls for undergraduate students. During the summer, you will be given a room assignment in one of these halls. At that time you will also find out who your roommate will be. For your room, you will need twin size bed sheets, a pillowcase, a blanket, a bedspread, clothes hangers, a waste basket, a small study lamp, a telephone and whatever decorations you would like. Your

roommate may already have some of these items for your room, and we have collected some of these things left by previous international students for you to use. The university provides a bed, a dresser for clothing, a desk, a closet and an overhead light. If you find that you need something once you arrive, it can be bought in Greencastle.

Food Students living on campus receive meal points that they can spend on food during the semester. Meal points are part of the Room and Board fee that all students who live on campus are required to pay. Meal points work like money. Each dining facility offers food that costs you a certain amount of points. You pay for what you eat by giving your Student ID card to an attendant who subtracts points from your account by running your ID card through a computer. There are three dining facilities on campus that each accept meal points as payment for food:  Longden- buffet-style, all you can eat, warm and cold food items open during breakfast (7 AM9:30 AM), lunch (11:30 AM- 1:30 PM) and dinner (5 PM- 7:00 PM).  HUB- Fast food. You can choose daily from the following types of food: Mexican, Chinese, pizza, the grill (hamburgers, chicken, fish, French fries), Italian pastas, sandwiches, soups, vegetarian cuisine, salad, cereal and a small grocery store of snack food and desserts. You spend your meal points on each food item you purchase. The HUB is open from 7AM until midnight daily.  The Gate Restaurant- This food option is a sit-down restaurant with menus and full service. You can order appetizers, a main meal and dessert. Points are deducted from your meal plan according to the meals you choose. The Gate is open during lunch and dinner hours. You will be able to choose from several foods at each meal. A typical breakfast would consist of: bacon and eggs, cereal, toast, juice, and coffee. Lunch might be a hamburger or sandwich, soup, vegetable, assorted salads and fruit. Dinner menus usually have a choice of meat, potato, vegetables, assorted salads, ice cream and cake. Milk, tea, coffee, lemonade and soda are available at every meal. Some students eat their Sunday evening meals in Greencastle restaurants. American food restaurants specialize in a variety of foods such as hamburgers, pizza, "Mexican" food, Chinese, fried chicken and steaks. Tipping (15% of the cost of the meal is a normal amount) is a common practice when you are served by a waitress or waiter. The tip is left on the table when leaving the restaurant. A dinner may between $5.00 and $14.00. A 6% sales tax is added to the price of all purchases. Remember, to enter a liquor store or a bar, order an alcoholic beverage in a restaurant, YOU MUST BE 21 YEARS OF AGE. Drinking in public before that age is illegal and punishable. Each living unit has limited kitchen facilities for cooking. The International Center has a fully equipped kitchen in which you may cook. Living with American Students One of the many positive aspects of your stay in the United States will be the opportunity to get to know American students. However, since many American students are embarrassed by their lack of world travel and their limited knowledge of languages, they may appear to be difficult to get to know, somewhat indifferent, and at times even unhelpful to foreigners. Keep trying, and you will find that most are warm, friendly and helpful, and that they are very much interested in learning about you and your country. One of the first impressions you may have of living on campus is of the noise ... the loud playing of radios, tape recorders and stereos. If talking or music is too loud, most students will quiet down when asked. But don't expect them to be completely quiet all of the time. The American student is jovial and fun loving ... while most study hard, they also play hard. Leisure activities include informal parties, movies and recreational sports. Students laugh at themselves a great deal and enjoy kidding one another. If someone makes a joke at your expense, please realize that it is done good-naturedly, and that the person making the joke considers you a friend. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most people enjoy being helpful.

The Greek System
In addition to the University Residence halls, fraternity and sorority chapter houses provide living accommodations for their members. Each fraternity and sorority is associated with a national organization bearing the same name, which consists of one or more Greek letters. Men's fraternities and women's sororities are social organizations that also emphasize academic achievement. Membership rules vary among the Greek houses; membership is open to all full-time degree candidates, and other students who will be at DePauw for just one year are eligible for affiliation with a fraternity or sorority, but may not live in the house. Membership is by invitation, and the cost of room and board is a little higher than in the residence halls. At DePauw there are 11fraternities and 9 sororities. They are involved in social activities, athletics and service to the community. When you arrive you will be given more information concerning fraternities and sororities.

Safety and Security
Although by the standards of the typical American city and university, DePauw University and the town of Greencastle are small, safe places, you should nevertheless take precautions in your everyday life to ensure your safety and protect your possessions. On Campus           Always lock your room door (and windows) even if you’re only going out for a few moments. Every year there are reports of items stolen from rooms, sometimes by fellow residents, but often by outsiders who walk into the dorm off the street Lock your door before going to sleep Lock your windows if they are accessible from the outside Keep your small valuables (wallet, purse, money, jewelry) out of sight Do not leave notes on your door announcing that no one is in Never lend anyone your keys or your ID card Do not prop open residence hall doors, even for a friend Report any persons acting suspiciously in and around the residence halls. Note their description and location and call Campus Safety immediately Do not walk on campus alone late in night. Walk with a friend or phone Campus Safety for an escort If you receive annoying or harassing phone calls, hang up immediately. Do not answer the caller. If the calls persist, keep a record of the time, the voice description and then contact Campus Safety

General Safety Precautions, especially for cities:  Remain alert while walking and listen to what is happening around you. Do not stop to talk to strangers. Do not make eye contact with strangers. Walk briskly, purposefully, and confidently.  Dress like other people around you. Try not to stand out, or make people notice you as different.  Stay in lighted areas. Stay on well-traveled paths. Do not take shortcuts that take you into dark or isolated areas.  Even during the day time, you may find yourself alone in the street. If someone comes toward you, be very cautious. If you feel uncomfortable, cross the street.  If you think someone is following you, go quickly to the nearest store, place of business, or even to a house. Do not be shy about screaming if you think you may be in serious trouble.  Never accept a ride from a stranger or from someone you do not know well. Do not hitchhike and do not pick up hitchhikers. It is against the law and it is very dangerous.  Women should not accept dates from strangers or casual acquaintances. It is more important to be safe than friendly. Be careful of sexual assault.  Do not carry around a lot of money or valuables. For example, $50 is considered a lot of money to carry in cash. If you must carry a lot of cash, do not be obvious about it.  Women should be careful of their handbags. Never leave a handbag hanging from the back of a chair in a restaurant; put it on your lap or between your feet. Be careful of your handbag when trying on shoes or clothing in a store.  When in a city where pickpockets may be around, men should carry their wallets in a breast pocket of their shirt of jacket or in a front pants pocket.

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If you are threatened by a robber, try not to resist. Give up your valuables as calmly as you can and observe as much as possible about the assailant. The exception is s situation when you feel your life is in danger and you must fight or run away. If you have a car, lock it wherever you leave it, even briefly. In large cities, lock it even when you are driving. Keep valuables in the trunk of the car, out of sight. Be especially careful in parking lots, day or night. Have your car keys ready and walk briskly to your car, looking around. Do not give your name or phone number to a stranger.

Attitudes about smoking Fewer and fewer Americans are smoking and more people are very concerned about health issues related to smoking. Students feel quite justified in objecting to a person’s smoking in the same room, particularly because of the law that limits smoking in public areas. Not only will people ask you to refrain from smoking; they may try to convince you to stop to preserve your health. We advise you to avoid smoking as much as possible when you are in the public areas of the University. When you are visiting a group of people, it is polite to ask if you may smoke. All University buildings are officially smoke-free.

Coping with Culture Shock
During your first few weeks much will be happening to and around you as you adjust and acclimate yourself to the customs and activities of DePauw University and the United States. Most people experience “culture shock” when they enter a new society. Following are some suggestions that may help you deal more effectively with culture shock:  Get plenty of rest to deal with the stress and fatigue that you may experience  Take time to think and talk about your own feelings  Make an effort to be optimistic, but not to the point of avoiding negatives that should be expressed  Make your new home environment as comfortable as possible  Make friends as quickly as possible. If there are others of your nationality on campus, meet them. This will provide a source of support  Try not to compare and search out “things like home”. Things are different! Enjoy and explore those differences  Always keep an open mind and a sense of humor  Share information about your country with your fellow DePauw students. The International Center keeps a collection of materials, maps, posters, flags, etc about many nations. We invite you to borrow any materials we have on your country Helpful tips from other international student:  If you are talking with someone from your own country and another person who does not understand your language walks into the room, switch to English. Otherwise, people might think you are making fun of them or criticizing them. Or, they just may feel uncomfortable.  To practice your English, find a friend who is fluent in English and converse with this person about your culture. You will be astonished about the differences and similarities you both have in common.  If someone says something incomprehensible to you, ask the person to elaborate. But, do not take out the dictionary in front of the person to ascertain the word.  Distance yourself from those who use profanity. Remember that profanity is not allowed in the classroom.  You might believe that the standard of living in the US is high, but that does not mean that the students’ standard of living is that high.  Before you criticize anything or anyone, try to understand.  Get involved in sports or organizations. It is a very effective way to make friends.  Before you act silly, obnoxious, loud or do anything wrong, think twice. You might leave within one year so you don’t care, but there will be others after you and they will have to deal with the reputation you built up for them.  Use your spare time to organize parties. Cook! Organize student breaks with your Resident Assistant (RA) and dress up in a traditional costume. Food is a good way to attract people. Everybody will enjoy these events and you will spread your culture around campus, which is good for everybody.  Bring pictures from home: your town, country, friends, family. Bring music from home. Bring books, videotapes, etc. Other students might be curious about you and you might be happy to have these items with you when you get homesick.  If you get depressed, don’t stay in your room. Force yourself to go to classes and meals at least.

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The campus is not huge and it is possible to meet new people every day. Don’t be shy; if people don’t come to you, walk up to them and ask them questions about anything. Show you are interested in getting to know more about them and their culture. Getting to know other international students is fun and interesting. You can exchange points of view, organize parties, help each other because you are in the same situation, and make great friends. Americans usually compliment people. Therefore, if you do something well and they give you a compliment, be amicable about the compliment. Do not interpret a compliment as a criticism.

Drivers License and Owning a Car

If you have an International Driver’s License you may drive in the US with that license. If you do not have an international driver’s license, but you have a Foreign Driver’s License you must obtain a Indiana Driver’s License if you want to drive. To obtain an Indiana driver’s license, you will need to pass a written test, a vision test, and a driving test. You will also need to present various pieces of identification when you apply for your driver’s license If you don’t have a license at all, you must apply for an Indiana learner’s permit first, if you want to drive.

Greetings, Slang and Acronyms
Besides hello and good-bye you will hear many casual ways to greet students. Instead of Hello you may hear Hi, Hey, Howdy, What’s up?, What’s new? How’s it goin’? You will also hear How are ya? or How ya doin? Unlike some other cultures, these questions do not mean that the person wants to stop and talk about how you are. The expected answer is Fine, even if you are not feeling “fine”. To say Good bye students also say So long, Let’s go, Take it easy, Gotta go, We’re outta here, See ya, See ya later, Buh-bye, Catch you later, Later, or even the Italian Ciao or the Spanish Adios Slang: Here’s a brief list of some slang you may hear at DePauw.

To “Ace” something APA

To do extremely well: to earn a grade of an “A” Academic Peer Assistant. An APA is a student living in each dormitory who can advise on your academic needs/ Said with enthusiasm. A positive overexaggeration (1) When used ironically, it means: “That does not impress me.” (2) Without irony, it conveys importance Means: not a problem

Sample Sentence
I aced the economics exam! My APA told me where to go to find someone who would help correct the grammatical errors in my papers. The concert was awesome! I enjoyed it very much. (1) Oh, big deal. (spoken with boring intonation) (2) I have an interview tomorrow, it’s a big deal! I have a chemistry exam tomorrow, but it’s no big deal. I think it will be easy. Of course I can help you study for the chemistry exam. I have plenty of time, so it’s no biggie.

Awesome! Big Deal

No big deal

No biggie

Means: not a problem


(1)To be unsuccessful (2)To spend money foolishly (3)Not good

Buff To be busted

Refers to someone who works out a lot and has well-developed muscles. To get caught doing something wrong or illegal. Refers to all coins: penny, nickel, dime, quarter. After you make a purchase, the money you get back is called your “change”. To spend leisurely time with your friends Really interesting To fall asleep out of total exhaustion. A demand implying “stop it!” To be sad, depressed, not happy. Describes a person who is practical, straight forward, and honest. To make one very nervous, upset or annoyed.


(1)I failed that exam: I blew that exam! (2)I blew all my money on shoes! (3)This place blows, let’s go somewhere else. That basketball player is totally buff! John was cheating on his exam, but the teacher busted him! The total is $18.95 and you’ve given me $20. Your change is a dollar, five ($1.05). Last night I was chilling with my friends in front of the tv. That’s cool! He’s cool. We have a cool professor. After the long test, I went home and crashed. You’re making too much noise. Cut it out! He looked down today. My parents are amazingly down to earth. They really understand me. When people in the dormitories forget to turn off their alarm clocks, the constant noise drives me up the wall! The doctor prescribed a lot of drugs for my cold. I went to the drug store to pick up some vitamins. She’s really fine. I’m fine. Thanks for asking.

Chill Cool Crash Cut it out! To be down To be down to earth To drive someone up the wall

Drugs Drugstore Fine Fine

Another acceptable word for medicine. A synonym for “pharmacy”. Good looking Good answer to the questions: How are you? How’s it going? The opposite of “to ace” (see above). To fail, to receive a grade of “F”. (1) “Forget what I said” or “Don’t worry about it”. (2) May be used as a negative response.


Forget it.

Freak out

To be frightened, scared by something or someone.

To get the gist of something Gross

The general idea of something. To understand the meaning without knowing all the little details. A synonym for disgusting, or ugly.

Even though I studied hard, I still flunked the exam. I’m just not very good at math. (1) Could you please repeat what you said? Oh, just forget it. It’s not important anyway. (2) Do you want to go bungy jumping this weekend? Forget it!!” “That really freaked me out”. “I’m freaked out about the exam on Monday.” “Don’t freak out.” If you read the first sentence of each paragraph, you’ll get the gist of the newspaper article. When people chew food with their mouths open, it’s really


Another word for a man.

Guys A hassle

A non-gendered word meaning “people”. An annoyance or problem.

To be hot To be a hottie I.D.

To be very attractive. A noun meaning: an attractive person. Identification Card

In a nutshell

A phrase that indicates that a very brief or concise summary is to follow. Not serious. Joking. A question asked when you can hardly believe something is true. (negative meaning)- A person who is awkward in social situations. Also, someone who studies constantly.

To be just kidding No kidding?


gross. Did you call that guy in your class for help with the homework? Hey guys! What’s up? “What a hassle!” I have to drive to Indianapolis twice in one day to get a new driving license. That guy is really hot! John is a real hottie! In order to enter a bar or pub, you must show your ID to prove that you are over 21 years of age. In a nutshell, I had a good vacation. (Instead of giving all of the details of your trip.) “Are you serious?” “No, I’m just kidding.” -“Did you hear that we have no class today?” -“No kidding?!” John studies all the time and never has any fun. He’s such a nerd.

No sweat

A phrase that indicates something is not difficult. It’s usually a slight exaggeration for something that most people would consider difficult. In other words, you won’t work hard enough to make yourself sweat.

No way!

Expresses sincere surprise and disbelief.

On the house Out of it

Free, at no cost to you. Someone else will pay for you. Preoccupied, someone whose mind is far away.

Piece of cake

To pig out Player

Exaggeration for something that most people consider difficult, but you find extremely easy. To eat excessively Someone who is not serious about relationship, but is very interested in promiscuous behavior.

You would like me to design a new computer program for your office? Ok, no sweat. (No problem) Or, … I can write this paper by tomorrow, no sweat! -“I just met Michael Jordan!!” -“No way!” -“Yes way!” (Humorous answer) Your dinner is on the house. (At a restaurant.) During class, I was so out of it that I didn’t realize the professor had asked me a question and everyone was waiting for me to answer. That exam was a piece of cake.

“I pigged out at dinner last night and now I feel sick.” Watch out for that guy, he’s such a player.

Psyched RA

Enthusiastic. Excited about something Stands for Resident Assistant. He or she is a student who works on the residence life staff helping students in the residence hall in whatever way they need assistance. A question asked when you can barely believe something (1) to steal something (2) to charge too much for an item

I’m psyched to go to Chicago this weekend! My RA is really strict with our floor. We aren’t allowed to play music after 11 PM. We have no school tomorrow. “Really??” (1) John ripped off a CD from the store in town. I could hardly believe it! (2) But the price for the CD was such a rip off that I understand why John “ripped it off”. I screwed up on the exam, so my grade will not be very good. John is such a slacker. He never studies and he never goes to his job on time. Right before a holiday, it’s tempting to slack off on homework. But the professors don’t really like that. -“I hated spaghetti when I was a kid.” -“So what?”

Really? Rip off

Screw up

To make a mistake


Someone who doesn’t do any work.

To slack off

To not do any work or to have fun instead of doing work

So what?

A question asked when something seems irrelevant or pointless. It can be used negatively to imply that you’re not interested in a conversation. To be awful or bad. This word is not appropriate to use around professors, young children and adults. Something is awesome or great.


This room sucks; it’s too small and dirty.

That rocks!

To space

To forget something. To not be able to remember something.

Totally Totally

Completely To agree

Under the table Watch your butt

To do something illegal Watch out, beware.


Strange, bizarre, also “Freaky”

A really good band will be playing on our campus this weekend! That rocks! “I spaced out and forgot to meet you for dinner tonight”. OR “I completely spaced on the quiz and couldn’t answer any of the questions.” “I totally understand.” -“The concert was really good!” -“Totally!” Have you ever worked under the table? You had better watch your butt. If you continue to watch so much tv, your grades will suffer. He was behaving so weird in class today. That’s not normal.

What’s up? Whatever

Common questing meaning How are you? A common answer is “not much”. (1) A way to dismiss someone. Usually said when you don’t believe what someone is telling you or when you think they are wrong. (2) Also used to show indifference.

What’s up? Not much. (1)“Professor, I can’t turn in my assignment because my dog ate it.” Professor’s response: “Whatever.” (2)- “Would you like sausage or pepperoni on your pizza? - “Whatever”. -“I won 5 gold medals!” -“Who cares?”

Who cares?


No one cares. Implies indifference or annoyance. (Intonation of this phrase usually lacks enthusiasm) Pronounced: Twentyfourseven. Meaning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All the time, constantly.

The grocery store is open 24/7, so even at 3 in the morning, you can buy something to eat.

        AC – Air conditioning A. D. - Anno Domini. In the year of our Lord. Refers to years in the Common Era. AKA – Also Known As. Used to give an alias for someone. ASAP – As soon as possible ATM – Automatic Teller Machine. An automatic bank machine B.C. – Before Christ. Refers to the years before the Common Era B.L.T. – bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwich BS – stands for bullshit. Used to indicate that something is nonsense. “That’s a bunch of BS.”

What’s up? Whatever

Common questing meaning How are you? A common answer is “not much”. (1) A way to dismiss someone. Usually said when you don’t believe what someone is telling you or when you think they are wrong. (2) Also used to show indifference.

What’s up? Not much. (1)“Professor, I can’t turn in my assignment because my dog ate it.” Professor’s response: “Whatever.” (2)- “Would you like sausage or pepperoni on your pizza? - “Whatever”. -“I won 5 gold medals!” -“Who cares?”

Who cares?


No one cares. Implies indifference or annoyance. (Intonation of this phrase usually lacks enthusiasm) Pronounced: Twentyfourseven. Meaning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All the time, constantly.

The grocery store is open 24/7, so even at 3 in the morning, you can buy something to eat.

AC – Air conditioning A. D. - Anno Domini. In the year of our Lord. Refers to years in the Common Era. AKA – Also Known As. Used to give an alias for someone. ASAP – As soon as possible ATM – Automatic Teller Machine. An automatic bank machine B.C. – Before Christ. Refers to the years before the Common Era B.L.T. – bacon, lettuce, tomato sandwich BS – stands for bullshit. Used to indicate that something is nonsense. “That’s a bunch of BS.” BYOB – Bring Your Own Beer/ Beverage. When a party host doesn’t serve alcohol, you can bring your own.  CIA – Central Intelligence Agency. The US government’s international information service.  CNN – Cable News Network. A cable news channel with 24-hour news and aggressive television journalists  DJ – Disk Jockey. Someone who plays music on the radio or at a party or nightclub.  FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions. A term born on the Internet.  FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation. The US government’s national information service.  FYI – For Your Information.  IOU – “I Owe You”. And pronounced the same way. A piece of paper indicating a debt to someone else.  IRS – The Internal Revenue Service. They are the nation’s federal tax collectors.  JFK – President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  MTV – Music Television  MVP – Most Valuable Player. Status awarded for the best player during a sporting match or season.  RSVP – from the French Répondez, s’il vous plaît. It is written on invitations to indicate that a response is desired.  SOS - Means HELP.  SWAK – Sealed With A Kiss. A romantic way to seal a letter.  TGIF – Thank Goodness It’s Friday.  Rx – means “pharmacy” or a prescription for a drug.  UFO – Unidentified Flying Object. Refers to space ships.  VIP – Very Important Person. Airports often have “VIP Lounges” for first-class passengers. YMCA – Young Men’s Christian Association. An international organization that provides inexpensive housing, athletic facilities, and other services to anyone.         

Here is a list of questions frequently asked by international students and some helpful answers. 1. What types of clothing should I bring? You will want to have clothing for a variety of activities including going to class, playing sports and going to a concert or out to dinner. Recently several international students at DePauw said that they were surprised that most DePauw students are fashionably dressed. The students had been told before coming to America that students here dress very casually. DePauw, like many smaller universities, is an exception to this general rule. However, you should dress as you are accustomed to and how you are most comfortable. 2. In an emergency, how should my parents try to reach me? While school is in session they should contact you directly at your living unit. You should send your parents your phone number when you move into the dormitory. Lesley Davis, Director of International Education or Prof. Ann Rambo, International Student Advisor at the International Center at (765) 658-4373, or Academic Affairs Office at (765) 658-4359, can be contacted during vacation periods in order to locate you. If there is no answer at these numbers, the university operator, (765) 658-4800 can take the message or locate a university official to help. 3. Should I prepare for courses before the semester begins? It is not necessary to do any academic preparation for courses before the beginning of the semester. Textbooks for each course will be available at the campus bookstore before the semester begins. To prepare yourself for courses in general, read as much material in English of an academic nature as you can. 4. Where should I ask questions concerning immigration and student visa regulations? While still in your home country, all questions should be addressed to the American Consulate. When you arrive, at the port of entry, there will be officials who can assist you. At DePauw, the International Student Advisor will handle questions or problems with immigration matters.


How do I secure an American driver's license and is it possible to rent or own an automobile while a student? To obtain an American driver's license you must pass a written examination and a driving skills test. These are administered locally. You can obtain a Driver's Manual that explains all the rules and regulations. You must be 18 years of age. There are no driving schools or instructors available locally. Although you may legally drive in America with an International Driver's License, you must have your own national license as well. You should familiarize yourself with the American rules by reading the Driver's Manual. You may rent a car if you are 23 years of age or older. You may purchase an automobile if you have a valid foreign or U.S. driver's license. In addition to the cost of the car, you must pay a registration fee ($80-$400) and purchase automobile insurance ($500-$1000). If you decide to buy a car, be sure to take someone with you who has knowledge of cars and of car dealers. Automobile prices and quality can vary greatly from one dealer to another. If you do drive, and want to borrow an American friend's car, be sure you and the car are protected by the owner's automobile insurance before you drive the car. Auto insurance is vital. So is some valid form of permission to drive. In case of an accident, proof of insurance must be


New Year’s Day – January 1. Nearly everything is closed. Martin Luther King’s Birthday – Observed in mid-January. Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Valentine’s Day – February 14. People send cards of affection or humor to sweethearts, family and friends. Presidents’ Day – Third Monday in February. In honor of all US Presidents and, in particular, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Easter – A Sunday in March of April. Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ. th Memorial Day – The Monday nearest May 30 . Graves were originally decorated in memory of dead veterans from all wars; graves of all dead are now remembered. th Independence Day – July 4 . In 1776 the United States declared independence from Britain. There is a parade in town and evening fireworks. Labor Day – First Monday in September. This day honors the working person. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – September or October. Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement. Columbus Day – The Monday nearest October 12. In 1492 Christopher Columbus landed in the Western Hemisphere. Halloween – October 31. Children wearing costumes may knock at the door saying “Trick or Treat”. They are asking for candy. Election Day – First Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Banks, bars and all liquor stores are closed, which is also true for “primaries”, or party elections, in May. Veterans Day – November 11. Honor is paid to veterans of all wars, and the end of World War I is remembered. Thanksgiving- Last Thursday in November. In remembering the first US Thanksgiving, a feast of Pilgrim and Indiana friends in 1621, we also indirectly celebrate religious freedom. Visitors in the home are especially welcome at this time. Christmas – December 25. Christian celebration of the birth of Christ. It is a family time and a season of gift giving. Santa Claus, the US version of St. Nicholas, is patterned after the description in Clement C. Moore’s poem, which begins, “Twas the night before Christmas…” Children expect Santa to leave gifts the night before Christmas while they are sleeping. During the early weeks in December, children may visit a costumed “Santa” in a shopping center to tell him their wishes. The “Holiday Season” usually means the time from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day.

Weight 1 Kilogram = 2.2 U.S. pounds = 4 3/8 cups = 1000 grams 454 grams = 1 U.S. pound = 16 ounces = 1 cup 100 grams = 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

Capacity 1 liter = 4 cups + 3½ tablespoons = 1.06 quarts (liquid) 1 cup (liquid) = 2.4 deciliters 1 deciliter = 7 tablespoons 1 cuillere a café ou the (coffee spoon) = 1 teaspoon = 2 grams 1 cuillere a dessert (dessert spoon) = 2 teaspoons 1 cuillere a coupe (soup spoon) = 1 tablespoon Length 1 meter = 1.0936 yards = 3.3 feet = 39.37 inches 100 centimeters = 1 meter

91.5 centimeters = 1 yard 30.5 centimeters = 1 foot 2.54 centimeters = 1 inch 1 centimeter = .3937 inches (approx 3/8 inch) 1 kilometer = .62137 miles (approx 5/8 mile) 1.6093 Kilometers = 1 mile 1 hectare = 2.47 acres 1.4 hectares = 1 acre Temperatures (approximate) 0° Celsius = 32° Fahrenheit 5° = 41° 10° =50° 20° =68° 25° =77° 30° =86°

Womens’ Shoe Sizes
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Mens’ Shoe Sizes
Swiss English USA 38 5 6.5 39 5.5 7 39.5 6 7.5 40 6.5 8 40.5 7 8.5 41 7.5 9 42 8 9.5 42.5 8.5 10 43 9 10.5 44 9.5 11

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